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    Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta laid the foundation stone for the All Africa Conference of Churches (A.

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    Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta laid the foundation stone for the All Africa Conference of Churches (A.A.C.C.) Headquarters building in a special ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday (2 December).

    The proposed A.A.C.C. complex comprises a three-storey administration block, a conference centre, a conference hall, a library and archives unit, lecture rooms and a cultural display centre.

    It is being built at a cost of 11 million Kenyan shillings (over one million U.S. dollars) and member countries will meet the expense by donations.

    Construction on the site started on 11 November. The administration block will be built first, giving the A.A.C.C. a chance to obtain income through the renting of office space.

    At the stone-laying ceremony, President Kenyatta was accompanied by his wife, Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi and Minister of State Mbiyu Koinange.

    A.A.C.C. Chairman, the Reverend John Gatu, and General Secretary, Canon Burgess Carr, welcomed the President.

    In his address, President Kenyatta said that from the "earliest beginnings, the continent of Africa has been proudly associated with the shaping of religious faith".

    He said the stone-laying ceremony symbolised the "solemn commitment of African Churches to promote human liberation, reconciliation and unity in all of Africa and throughout the inhabited earth".

    The special cornerstone was brought from the shores of Lake Turkana, on the Kenyan-Ethiopian border, where archaeologists have found the oldest human fossils.

    President Kenyatta also signed a special scroll, which had been prepared to mark the occasion, before it was buried under the cornerstone.

    SYNOPSIS: Nairobi was the scene for a special stone-laying ceremony on Tuesday at the site of the proposed All Africa Conference of Churches Headquarters building.

    Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta carried out the ceremony. He was officially welcomed by A.A.C.C. Chairman, the Reverend John Gatu and Secretary, Canon Burgess Carr. The proposed complex comprises a three-storey administration block, a conference centre, a conference hall, a library and archives unit, lecture rooms and a cultural display centre. It is being built at a cost of over a million U.S. dollars, and the expense will be met by donations from member countries.

    In his address, President Kenyatta said that from the "earliest beginnings, the continent of Africa has been proudly associated with the shaping of religious faith". He then signed a special scroll, which had been prepared to mark the occasion, before it was buried under the cornerstone.

    The stone itself had been brought from the shores of Lake Turkana, on the Kenyan-Ethiopian border, where archaeologists have found the oldest human fossils. The Kenyan leader said the ceremony symbolised the "solemn commitment of African Churches to promote human liberation, reconciliation and unity in all of Africa and throughout the inhabited earth".

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4XYW89QQWEHWLC8GC62FA20R7
    Media URN:
    VLVA4XYW89QQWEHWLC8GC62FA20R7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
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    N/A

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